Insurer pays for insured to dispute scope of proposed repairs

10. March 2020 0
Insurance law – Fire insurance – Extension – Interpretation of policy Be In Christ Church of Canada (c.o.b. Welland Brethren in Christ Church) v. Intact Insurance Co., [2019] O.J. No. 6485, 2019 ONSC 7412, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, December 20, 2019, D.L. Edwards J. A dispute arose following a fire loss. The insurer obtained ...

Tell your life insurer about your diabetes

10. March 2020 0
Insurance law – Life insurance – Misrepresentation by insurer – Practice – Summary judgments Kulp Estate v. Cumis Life Insurance, [2019] O.J. No. 6541, 2019 ONSC 7495, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, December 23, 2019, W.U. Tausendfreund J. The insurer brought a summary judgment motion to dismiss the insured’s claims on the basis that there ...

Don’t wait nine years to give your insurer notice of a claim

10. March 2020 0
Insurance law – Commercial general liability insurance – Terms of policy – Breach of policy – Relief against forfeiture – Limitation of actions – Insurer – Rights, duties and liabilities SVIA Homes Ltd. v. Northbridge General Insurance Corp., [2019] O.J. No. 6514, 2019 ONSC 7459, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, December 18, 2019, W.S. Chalmers ...

A family makes a house a household

10. February 2020 0
A home owner was not covered by her homeowner’s insurance policy for a claim for damages arising from her daughter’s personal injuries after a fall at the home. Insurance law – Homeowner’s insurance – Members of a household – Residence employee – Tenant – Exclusions – Interpretation of policy – Practice – Appeals Traders General Insurance ...

No priority of coverage if there is no coverage

10. February 2020 0
A rental car insurer was the first loss insurer despite the rental car driver being a listed driver, but not a named insured, under a separate standard Ontario Automobile Policy for two other vehicles. Insurance law – Automobile insurance – First party insured – Named insured, definition – Lessors and lesses – Third parties – ...

Drinking, driving, and coverage do not mix

10. February 2020 0
The insured driver was intoxicated by alcohol to the point where she was incapable of proper control of her vehicle, thus breaching a condition of her insurance policy. Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Breach of policy – Impaired driver – Care, custody, or control of motor vehicle – Third parties Derkson v. Insurance Corp. ...

Homeowner insurer under duty to defend insured with road rage

14. January 2020 0
Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Homeowner’s insurance – Exclusions – Duty to defend – Third parties –  Practice – Appeals Pembridge Insurance Co. of Canada v. Chu, [2019] O.J. No. 5769, 2019 ONCA 904, Ontario Court of Appeal, November 15, 2019, J.M. Simmons, G.I. Pardu and I.V.B. Nordheimer JJ.A. The Dominion of Canada General ...

Not a moment too soon

10. December 2019 0
A pedestrian was covered under her spouse’s employer’s motor vehicle insurance policy as the motor vehicle was available to the spouse’s use at the time of the accident. Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Statutory Accident Benefits – Interpretation of policy – Uninsured motorist – Practice – Appeals Murphy v. Savoie, [2019] O.J. No. 5004, 2019 ONCA 784, Ontario ...

You’re only responsible for what you know

10. December 2019 0
Insurer not estopped from denying coverage when it acted soon after obtaining new information and there was no prejudice to insured. Insurance law – Automobile insurance – Statutory provisions – Impaired driver – Breach of policy – Estoppel – Practice – Appeals – Discovery Bradfield v. Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Co. of Canada, [2019] O.J. No. ...